What terror plot for Carnival?”
That is the question which UNC political leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, wants answered.
She wants to know whether the so-called terror plot was a charade or a distraction.
Speaking at a UNC Monday Night Forum in San Juan on Monday night, Persad-Bissessar stated, “I have to wonder like others have wondered whether this whole charade that played out over the Carnival period whether it was just to distract your mind from all the wrongs in this country.”
Persad-Bissessar criticized the Government’s “targeting” of the Islamic community.
She added, “We must never let them get away with targeting the Islamic brotherhood in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Persad-Bissessar said not every Muslim was a terrorist.
She stated, “I do not support terrorism in any form none of us here do but our brethren will tell us that their faith and their teachings in Islam are for peace and brotherhood.
“There are those who will be extremists and we must cut the extremists down, those are the real terrorists but not every person of the Islamic faith is a terrorist and not every terrorist is of Islamic faith.”
She pointed out that TV6 Morning Edition host Fazeer Mohammed had spoken about law enforcement going into a person’s home with a lot of commotion and it turned out it was the wrong house.
She said while law enforcement will do their best, we have to guard against abuses of power from law enforcement.
Persad-Bissessar said there are many good police officers but also many corrupt ones.
On another note, Persad-Bissessar said this was why the Opposition has emphasized the need for a sunset clause in the Anti-Gang bill.
She said it is important because you cannot give law enforcement that great amount of power for a long time.
She said the UNC proposed a two-year sunset clause so the Parliament can scrutinize how it worked.
The Government wanted a five year sunset clause.
Persad-Bissessar said the Opposition is willing to compromise to a two and a half year sunset clause.
She called on the Government to return the Anti Gang bill.
She added, “Given the runaway crime, let’s cut it in half, compromise halfway. If you’re serious that this Bill is going to solve crime, take two and a half years and we will support you.”